Don’t worry! You didn’t accidentally nibble on a psychedelic mushroom!…I think.
Paula Graham kept her eye on the sky and a chromatic lunar light show exploded out of nowhere like a Pink Floyd concert. Concentric colored rings hooped around the moon: rainbow hues of red, green, purple and blue. Kaleidoscopic atmospheric phenomenon is not limited to the big fiery ball in the sky—the moon can also put on a show.
What happens when you combine water droplets and lunar light? Usually nothing…but sometimes…if conditions are just right…a lunar corona can materialize out of thin air. Literally. Clouds or low temperatures may forge diamond dust, and depending on the angle of these icy prisms (or water droplets) — lunar light may diffract and reveal a rainbow of colors.
Many types of dust can cause a lunar corona. No mushrooms. Just dust. Sorry.
** Lunar Corona Tips **
Wait until moon is near full!
Wait until it’s foggy!
Shiver in the cold!
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**Technical Information **
Camera: Nikon D3
Lens: Nikon 70-200mm
Exposure: 1/10 seconds (handheld)